The Power List 2013

BBC Women's Hour's list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK today. The list is ranked up to number 20 and then in alphabetical order:

Birthday Honours 2013

Excellent news in respect of two of our Academic Staff Sustainability Experts here in the Centre for Environmetnal Policy. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Professors Helen Apsimon and Jim Skea were both made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire as follows: Professor Helen Apsimon, Professor of Air Pollution Studies, Centre for Environmental Policy. For services to Air Pollution Science. Professor Jim Skea, Professor of Sustainable Energy, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. For services to Sustainable Energy. Many congratulations to both!

Annual College Athena Lecture: Professor Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Cambridge -  From Geek to Glamour via a Desert Island – How Did I get Here?

Date: Thursday 13 June 2013
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Venue: Lecture Theatre 220, Mechanical Engineering Building, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus

Accelerating Success in 2013 Speed Networking Event

Karen Makuch and CEP Academic Women's Committee facilitated Accelerating Success in 2013 Speed Networking Event on Wednesday 27th March CEP Department rooms in Sherfield mezzanine. Hot lunch was provided over the two hours and the event was a great success  - a positive step towards outlining some objectives in our Athena SWAN Award action plan. Some selected feedback:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event and hope CEP will continue to arrange things like this. The format worked very well and it was long enough to strike up a meaningful conversation.”

 “Many thanks for organising this event! I found it extremely useful as it provided a semi-structured forum that enabled us to learn more about other staff's / students' research priorities and challenges for 2013. People generally offered useful advice and references to help me with my 2013 objectives.”

 “Excellent initiative, very useful to enable networking between CEP.”

“Networking event was great because it created an opportunity to meet people in different research groups”

International Women's Day: Professor Dot Griffiths, Principal of the College Business School reflects on the status of women in science:

International Women's Day FRIDAY 8th MARCH 2013  -  Imperial Business Insights with Marianne Fallon, KPMG Marianne Fallon, Head of Corporate Affairs, KPMG: an International Women's Day Lecture'Will Diversity be an issue or an opportunity in 2025?'

A very useful video about Juno - an Institute of Physics initiative along the lines of the Athena SWAN charter. It is a short video but gives useful insights into what we are trying to do with Athena for CEP. Imperial's Department of Physics is a Juno Champion:

Nature has a series of articles relating to women in science related to International Women's Day 2013 followed by a series of links to other related articles. Plus, an Athene Donald & Uta Frith po dcast  for Nature on the subject of women in SET.

Former MSc Environmental Technology graduate, Claire Lucas,  is newly appointed co-ordinator at Cambridge AWiSE - Cambridge AWiSE is a regional network for women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in both industry and academia and for women who wish to return to a SET career after a break. (URL accessed 5 March 2013)

New Year's Honours for 3 staff: Professor Jo Haigh, Professor Susan Gibson, Professor David Hand: Congratulations!

Career Womens' Forum: Thursday 7 February 2013, 18.30 - 20.30This event is aimed specifically at Imperial College female students of all disciplines and year groups. It will provide an opportunity to hear from a panel of senior women managers and profes sionals from a variety of industry sectors about their own personal career development. With 5-6 companies taking part there will also be an opportunity for informal networking following the panel presentations.The evening will start with a formal panel of speakers and finish with a mini table top fair and opportunity for informal networking. Companies attending include: Rolls-Royce,The Boston Consulting Group, Deutsche Bank, ThoughtWorks and Shell.
Booking is Essential. Please book your place via Jobslive at:

Accelerating Success in 2013” - You are cordially invited to attend the Faculty of Natural Sciences Academic Opportunities Committee Lunchtime Networking Event for Female Academics Friday 14th December 2012, 12:00-14:00 Chemistry Depart ment Postgraduate Common Room 231Hot lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Thursday 6th December 2012 Karen Makuch  - thanks to all who attended and made this a great success!

CEP have been awarded EPSRC funding towards Athena SWAN-related initiatives (July 2012-March 2013): PhD Alumni Networking Programme Tuesday 21st November, 15 Princes' Gardens, 17:30 onwards.  'Alumni Careers Panel' followed by informal drinks and canapes.  This session intends to provide PhD students and Research Assistants with an insight into the different careers paths open to them, and helpful ways to kick-off their career search and progress successfully in their chosen career. Contact Katrin Glatzel &  Karen Makuch. 

SPRINGBOARD Development programme for females. Run by Imperial College's Post Doc. Development Centre - NewProgramme for females working in EPSRC sphere starts November 9th!  Find out more and sign up now!

CEP 's Professor Gordon Conway: "Women in African Agriculture: Farmers, Mothers, Innovators, Educators" Huff Post 17 October 2012

Three Imperial alumni have been named President or President-Elect of prestigious engineering societies. Jenny Body will become the first female President of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in May 2013, Judith Hackitt has been named President-Elect of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for 2013-14, and Isobel Pollock became President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in May 2012. - IC Reporter 16 July 2012

The UKRC - WISE responds to an adjournment debate in Parliament on women in sc ience
Does this goverment care about women in science? The debate in Parliament set by Professor Lesley Yellowlees, President-Elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Lesley Yellowlees said she was dismayed that the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills had withdrawn all funding for the only dedicated body established to build gender equality and diversity in science, engineering and technology (The UKRC) and that an Early Day Motion on the topic had only attracted just 21 signatures.
Read the oral evidence presented in Parliament, December 2012.

"Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried" A recent report reveals that only 12% of third year female PhD students want a career in academia. Curt Rice looks at the reasons why and warns that universities' survival is at risk.